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Newton Citizen Poll for March 23

The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest. The Newton Citizen publishes as many comments as space allows. Comments, which may be edited for space or content, are published anonymously on Sunday. To submit a comment, call 770-483-7108, ext. 403, email: poll@newtoncitizen.com or complete the online form.

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“Will the Covington trolley be going by the million dollar county attorney’s office on its tours?”

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“Will the VIP tour for the Chamber include the trashed up highways and byways of Newton County?”

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“What kind of school board runs Newton County Freaknik of Education? One with board members who stop an official meeting to Tweet out a photo. Is this why Fuhrey makes us Tweet during the school day? I mean I sat there with fellow teachers with my mouth on the floor. Disgraceful times 10.”

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“In the March 6 paper a columnist wrote about the sins of this nation. His column was about the movie ‘12 Years a Slave.’ I have a question for him: When will a more accurate movie about slavery be made? I’m not bragging, but I wish these columnists would realize that some of your readers are just as educated as you. I’m still waiting for a movie that features the African kings that sold their own people to European slave traders for European goods. Instead, people are kept in slavery with Al Sharpton sound bites like the ‘sins of this nation.’ My suggestion is to do some research on those peaceful African countries like Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan, I could go on but there are too many countries where African leaders are still taking advantage of their own people. The thing that’s refreshing to me is when I meet a black person that says I’m an American not an African American. These are the people that have been truly set free. Eventually by a great nation’s educators past, and hopefully present…”

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“The Alcovy Tiger Band owes a great debt of gratitude to Mrs. Koterba who has stepped in to help our kids. She has volunteered to direct the band through their end of the year commitments, while also directing her kids at Liberty. We are also very thankful for Mr. Little volunteering his time to help. These are shining examples of adults in our community going out of their way to help our kids. As much as it seems NCSS has its problems, there are still dedicated people who care about our kids. We thank you!”

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“It is funny to me that people say our school board is so taken with this phone poll. SACS is in town to review Newton schools next week so maybe the craziness will take a break. Our schools and disgusting trashy highways have cost us big with newcomers who ignore Newton. The school board is full of liberals with never-ending terms. Term limits would fix much of this stupidity. No one who works in Newton has an ounce of respect for board members and are shocked at who gets re-elected. Do something good for kids and don’t run again and stop getting your relatives hired. It is nauseating.”

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“Did Eddie abstain from voting on safety pendants for our schools? Eddie, don’t you think we should have every safety measure in place for our children’s safety or are you playing politics with children’s safety? Strap on a lie detector so we can find out the truth, Eddie. P.S. this not Jeff, but I have played one on TV.”

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“With SACS reviewing Newton schools this week and meeting with board members will they be interested in the problems surrounding illegal meetings and concerns by citizens to the Georgia attorney general and board members allegedly micromanaging the hiring and allegedly placing phone calls to school employees bypassing the superintendent? What about the meeting in a quorum without public notice of meetings or agendas? I have been here nearly 30 years and not seen it so bad. Time for term limits.”

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“Jeff Meadors is leaving the school board for the good of the system. Why doesn’t Eddie Johnson resign for the good of the school system? It is obvious from his votes and management style that his resignation would improve the NCSS.”